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28th February 2014
Police in Bemidji are investigating why a 6-year-old girl was outside early yesterday morning where she apparently died of exposure. Captain James Marcotte of the Bemidji Police Department gave some details at a press conference yesterday.
Police responding to an emergency medical call shortly before 6:30 Thursday morning found the girl inside the front entry of the Washington Avenue Apartments, where she lived. She showed signs of exposure to the cold and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Captain Marcotte said she was wearing a jacket and boots when she was found and it's not known why she was outside in the temperatures that dipped to 27 below zero yesterday morning. Superintendent James Hess of Bemidji Schools confirmed that she was a 1st grader at Horace May Elementary, but police won't identify her until all of her family have been notified.
26th February 2014
A Brainerd woman was senetenced to more than 4 years in jail on Tuesday for criminal vehicular homicide.
According to Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie, 24-year-old Kerri Marie Zelinske was sentenced in Cass County District to 50 months in jail for the crash that killed a bicyclist last October. Zelinske plead guilty last month and admitted she had been drinking on a friend's boat before driving her car south on County Road 70, where she crossed the center line and struck and killed 57-year-old Leonard Grabowski of Brainerd.
12th February 2014
The results of a survey of Bemidji residents about the city's planned South Shore cleanup are in, and an overwhelming majority supports it. Fifty-one percent of respondents say they are in favor of the plan to remove wood chips and other industrial debris from the Lake Bemidji's south shore beach and lake bottom to make way for a planned swimming and recreation area.
The survey informed people that the project was likely to increase property taxes between 1.7 and 2.7 percent. And yet only 22% said they favor the less expensive option of leaving the lake bottom unrecovered. The survey was conducted by BSU's MARS program.
7th February 2014
This winter's sustained cold temperatures have caused extreme frost depth in Northern Minnesota, and that's causing a lot of frozen water lines. The City of Bemidji is reminding residents of the risk and is asking people to check the temperature of their tap water.
In a statement released yesterday, Todd Anderson of the Water Department said that if your tap water is below 35 degrees, you should run a continuous stream the size of a pencil until mid-April. People who do so must call City Hall to report this.
UPDATE: People will not be charged for the extra water used to keep their lines from freezing, as was originally announced. Normal sewer rates will also apply.
30th January 2014
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to a house fire Wednesday night in Bemidji Township. Department Chief Dave Hoefer says they arrived on the scene at Adams Avenue last night just after 5:00 pm finding the house full of smoke from a fire in the basement, which they were able to quickly extinguish. Investigators aren't yet sure what started the blaze, which caused an estimated $26,000 in damage.
20th January 2014
A land deal signed last summer for the development of apartments on the south shore of Lake Bemidji is being withdrawn because of soil problems at the site. The Bemidji City Council, acting as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, will vote Tuesday evening on a deal worked out between the developer and city staff that would cancel the purchase agreement signed in August with South Shore Landing, LLC.
The estimated cost of cleaning up the soil at the site, which has been polluted by wood chip waste for decades, is over half a million dollars.
16th January 2014
Governor Mark Dayton, yesterday, announced his plan for $986 million in new construction projects for the legislature to consider when it reconvenes next month. The proposal includes nearly $14 million for renovations to the Bemidji State University campus, and more than $13 million for Red Lake schools. But a search of the state's website shows that it does not include the City of Bemidji's request for $800,000 to move and upgrade the Bemidji Carnegie Library building.
The governor's plan is only preliminary, as the state House and Senate will each have their own proposals.
6th January 2014
Police arrested three suspects on Saturday in connection to a string of burglaries that happened in Beltrami, Cass, and Clearwater Counties.
According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, Police in Mahnomen County responded to a residential burglary early Saturday morning and found the suspects with items taken from a Clearwater burglary, including a gun. Cass County deputies searched the suspects home in Walker and found many more stolen items from burglaries in 4 northern Minnesota counties. Police also seized an ounce of methamphetamine at the residence.
Hodapp credits the “great teamwork exhibited by Clearwater, Mahnomen, Cass and Beltrami Shriff's Offices,” for the success of the investigation.
3rd January 2014
Governor Mark Dayton announced today that schoools across the state will be cancelled on Monday. The National weather service is forcasting the coldest temperatures in a decade across the state, prompting the governer to make the call. The governor's statement says that he made the decision today in order to give school administrators, teachers and parents ample time to prepare for the unusual statewide closure. Low temps for Sunday night across Northern Minnesota are forecasted to be between 30 and 40 below zero.
3rd January 2014
Governor Mark Dayton announced today that schools across the state will be canceled on Monday. The National weather service is forecasting the coldest temperatures in a decade across the state, prompting the governor to make the call.
The governor's statement says that he made the decision today in order to "give school administrators, teachers and parents sufficient time to plan for these closure."
Low temps for Sunday night across Northern Minnesota are forecasted to be between 30 and 40 below zero.